Category Archives: Indie

Full Of Fire

Seven years have flown by hey? I still remember being 23, DJing every Saturday night in an indie club in Southampton and dropping ‘Heartbeats’ every single set without fail.

Then, The Knife went silent.

Until now. I’m almost 30, I haven’t listened to ‘Heartbeats’ in longer than I can remember and that indie club in Southampton seems like a lifetime ago, but with this new track, The Knife have pulled me back in. Definitely one of my most eagerly awaited albums of 2013.

Shaking The Habitual is released on April 8th.

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SEND ME DOWN

Just under a month ago, Haim dropped a new track, the beautifully catchy and pop infused ‘Don’t Save Me’. And now? Its time for the follow up. ‘Send Me Down’ has a darker sound to the bands previous releases, heavy on percussion and more driven in its pace whilst still staying faithful the bands trademark indie pop feel. My excitement levels for their (hopefully) soon to be released full length have just risen times a million.

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Closer

Yep, I’m a big cliche, but I’m not going to apologise..

This excites me MASSIVELY.

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Laura

I feel like I’ve done something really great in the world to deserve so many of my favourite artists coming back with new releases this year. There have been many countdown moments where I’ve been obsessively waiting for release days to come around and stalking artist Twitter profiles in the hope of sneak peeks or promo videos but even better than that are the surprises. And Queen of the surprise for me so far this year is Natasha Khan, otherwise known as Bat For Lashes.

I had absolutely no idea that a new single was on its way so when I was linked to ‘Laura’ it was a real Christmas and birthdays all at once scenario. I’ve read alot of blogs talk of their surprise that ‘Laura’ is the lead single from due album ‘The Haunted Man’. For me, its perfect. It combines everything I love about Bat For Lashes, that haunted feeling, the simplicity of the piano which compliments Khan’s powerful vocal beautifully and the pure and true emotion that touches you in a way that many songwriters fail to achieve.

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Angels

They’re back! Could this be the most exciting musical moment to happen in 2012? I’m pretty sure its a strong contender. Ahead of their eagerly awaited second album ‘Coexist’ and their bound to be phenomenal headline set at Bestival this coming September, The XX have dropped the first single from the follow up to their debut album, ‘Angels’.

Fans will be pleased to hear that the sound hasn’t moved dramatically from their existing catalogue whilst still managing to sound fresh. For me, ‘Angels’ is like the new album’s ‘Shelter’. Still as beautiful, but with a little more confidence and little more development. Lyrically, its stunning, Romy’s vocals are beautiful and as a package, it’s flawless.

Roll on September.

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Bloc Party – Four

Of all the exciting new releases due out in the latter part of 2012 (and there’s a lot) the fourth offering from Bloc Party, aptly titled ‘Four’, is high on my ‘can’t wait’ list. In 2010- early 2011, around the time of front man Kele Okereke’s solo side project, rumours of the band disbanding permanently were particularly rife so later that year when the official announcement came that a new full length would be released in 2012, I, like many others I’m sure, breathed a genuine sigh of relief.

‘Four’ will hit the shops on August the 20th this year and if you can’t wait that long for a taster, check out the trailer below….

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What You Won’t Do For Love

What I wouldn’t do for Jessie Ware….

Here’s a fresh cut from possibly my favourite woman of the moment, an incredible cover of the 1978 Bobby Caldwell hit, produced by the genius that is Sampha.

Enjoy!

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1000 Minutes Part 38

I can’t actually believe how long it has been since I wrote an entry into the 1000 Minutes Project. Unfortunately I think I was lacking inspiration for awhile, but after an accidental nostalgic music listening session last week I’ve been kicking myself for letting it slide. Anyway, as those who read this will know, I like to try where possible to pick a handful of songs each entry that kind of fit side by side, not this time. This time I’ve gone with my gut and just plucked songs out of the memory that have significant meaning. To be honest, with only half the time left, I think thats the approach I’ll roll with til I hit zero from now on. So yes, entry 38, a little random, but fitting all the same.

As normal, if you want to view the full list so far, follow this LINK and if you want to see all previous 37 ramblings from me, search 1000 minutes on the main page.

145. Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of your life) [2:35] [time remaining 453:35] (listen on YouTube)

Released in 1997 on Green Day’s fifth studio album, Nimrod, its hard to believe that this song is fifteen years old this year. It was around 1997, aged 14-15 when I first started branching out into punk and Green Day along with Blink 182 were the first bands I obsessed over. Like most teenage alternative kids this song became abit of an anthem for me and I can recall many cider drunk sing-alongs and countless discussions about it being the perfect funeral song, pretty morbid thoughts teenagers but I can guarantee I wasn’t alone. For me this was a beautiful song back then and still is now, it provides with an enormous feeling of nostalgia which considering the lyrics, will always seem massively appropriate.

146. Oasis – Live Forever [4:37] [time remaining 448:58] (listen on YouTube)

When Britpop was at its peak I always stood firmly in the Blur camp of the Blur Vs. Oasis debate. For me that decision was easy as I consistently loved every record that Blur released and my enjoyment for Oasis came to a pretty sudden stop after their first two albums. This however does not mean that I cannot appreciate Oasis in their early days, both ‘Definitely Maybe’ and ‘What’s the story (Morning Glory)’ were albums I appreciate massively and its because of that the idea of leaving them out of this project would be absurd. ‘Live Forever’ has always been my standout track from Oasis and in my opinion its the finest example of Noel Gallaghers incredible writing ability, no matter what my opinions are on their most recent releases, there is absolutely no denying that the man is a genius and who could argue when presented with this track. Put simply, its epic.

147. C.S.S – Lets Make Love and Listen Death From Above [3:30] [time remaining 445:28] (listen on YouTube)

This track reminds me of a very specific time of my life. I lived in Southampton, I’d just started promoting gigs with my then girlfriend and we decided on a whim one day that we were to become DJs. We went out and bought our own CDJs and would practice every available hour (often at the expense of university) in our bedroom. When we started to get our first gigs at clubs and bars, this song would always appear in our set without fail. At the time of its release, 2005 to be precise, it was so unlike anything else out there and it became one of anthems of the very short lived neu rave era.

148. Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark [3:09] [time remaining 441:19] (listen on YouTube)

Death Cab’s fifth studio album ‘Plans’ dropped in 2005 and I have to admit as a pretty massive fan at the time it didn’t instantly click with me, until I got down to this track, number five on the album and I instantly fell in love. Written about frontman Ben Gibbard’s thoughts about the afterlife and the feeling of losing someone close to him, the lyrics are simply beautiful and the simplistic mono recording of the song adds to that even further.

149. Bon Iver – The Wolves (Act I & II) [5:22] [time remaining 435:57] (listen on YouTube)

I find that in order for a song to hit me emotionally there are generally two ways in which it happens. The first and most obvious involves being able to relate to the story the lyrics tell, the second which is without doubt much rarer requires a more epic build up and incredible sound which just leaves me feeling overwhelmed. This is the best way I can describe how ‘The Wolves’ by Bon Iver makes me feel. The simplicity of the slow and layered vocals building into a massive instrumental sound clash just blew me away the first time I heard it and continues to give me tingles every single time.

tbc…

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Let It Go

Dragonette are back flying solo after two successful collaborations with Martin Solveig (‘Hello’ and ‘Big in Japan’) and the results are pretty damn good. New single ‘Let It Go’ looks set to be a big seller and the one and only Laidback Luke has boosted this even further with his remix below. I’ve always found that I appreciate Dragonette more when their tracks are complimented by the addition of a big house beat and this track is no exception…

Dragonette – Let It Go (Laidback Luke Remix)

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The Chambers & The Valves

Dry the River release their highly anticipated debut album on March the 5th and if like me, you cannot wait for it to hit the digital shelves, you’ll be happy to know that a new single is on its way first. ‘The Chambers & The Valves’ is the bands second official single since their ‘Weights & Measures’ EP in November last year and personally, its one of my favourites.

Critics and music fans alike have rated the band with nothing but good reviews since their official arrival into the media and if this and all previous singles are anything to go by, ‘Shallow Bed’ is going to be one of the best albums of 2012.

Pre-Order the album on iTunes HERE and the single (released February 26th) HERE.

Can’t wait? Give it a listen below…

Dry the River – The Chambers & The Valves

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